Date
19 November 2017
Legislator Michael Tien decided to quit the New People’s Party, saying that if he stays, he will have to compromise his political beliefs. Photo: HKEJ
Legislator Michael Tien decided to quit the New People’s Party, saying that if he stays, he will have to compromise his political beliefs. Photo: HKEJ

Michael Tien quits New People’s Party over disagreements with Ip

New People’s Party vice chairman Michael Tien has resigned from the party he co-founded more than six years ago.

Tien is scheduled to make a formal announcement on Monday after telling members of the party’s central committee about his decision, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

In a media statement on Sunday, Tien said he and co-founder Regina Ip, who chairs the party, hold different opinions about many things.

“If I stay in the party, I am afraid I will have no choice but to compromise, although it will be better in terms of consolidating public support for the party,” Tien said.

He said he had been thinking about leaving the party but did not want to do so until after the chief executive election.

He said the timing would have a smaller impact on Ip and the party.

Tien said six district councilors are also quitting the party, adding they made their decisions of their own free will.

Meanwhile, Ip, who lost her bid to become Hong Kong chief executive, declined to comment on Tien’s resignation. She is in Dubai for a conference.

An unnamed party member said Tien decided to resign because he does not want its candidates to hold diverging views in future elections, which will embarrass the party.

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